The New York Open is headed into its second year after its debut in February last year, and Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham, NJ is host to one of the four Wildcard Tournaments to secure entry into the main draw. Clay Bibbee, of Centercourt Athletic Club, gives Team UTR all the details about this exciting opportunity for players to compete in the Wildcard to earn a spot in the Tournament alongside stars including Kevin Anderson and John Isner.
New York Open Wildcard at Centercourt Athletic ClubUTR: Tell us more about the upcoming New York Open! Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner Centercourt Club & Sports: The New York Open made its debut on Long Island February 11-18, 2018 at the newly renovated state-of-the-art NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This ATP World Tour 250 Series event is one of only 10 United States men’s professional tennis tournaments held on tour today, and the sole indoor championship in the country. Twenty eight of tennis’ most talented singles athletes and 16 of the best doubles teams compete for over $700,000 in prize money. While the New York Open played to its new fans on Long Island and surrounding communities in the tri-sate area for the first time in 2018, the history of this important ATP membership dates back to the conception and commencement of the ATP itself. Originally located in San Francisco, CA, in 1990, the tournament relocated twice over the last 28 years, first to San Jose, CA, and then to Memphis, TN. Its champions read like a Who’s Who of professional tennis, including legends such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, and Andy Murray, and a new generation of stars like Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and Ryan Harrison. In March of 2017, it was agreed it was time to return the ATP World Tour back to New York, and with that decision, the New York Open was created. How did Centercourt become involved in the tourney? We were approached by the NY Open Team to host a Wildcard Tournament at our flagship facility in Chatham NJ. Centercourt Athletic club of Chatham, is one of four tennis clubs to be picked for this event. Who can play? It's open to all high level tennis players. The players with the top 16 UTRs qualify for the Wildcard Tournament? What is the format? This is the second year we've been picked and we will be using the UTR Tournament Management System to run the Event. It will be a 16 player draw. The winner of the ATP NY Open Wild Card will receive a spot in a 4-man playoff with the winner getting a spot in the ATP NY Open February 9-17 2019. What kind of opportunity is this for players? It’s an opportunity to compete with the world's best at the ATP NY Open, with the likes of John Isner, and Kevin Anderson. Where do players sign up? Sign up on the UTR website, at www.myutr.com Hear more from Clay on the tournament: